Re: Dual-Licensing Linux Kernel with GPL V2 and GPL V3

From: Alexandre Oliva
Date: Wed Jun 13 2007 - 18:32:39 EST

On Jun 13, 2007, Bernd Paysan <bernd.paysan@xxxxxx> wrote:

> What I don't understand about the GPLv3 with keys is why that depends on the
> use case. As user of commercial devices like company routers, firewalls and
> such, which often are Linux based, I don't want them sealed by the vendor,
> as well. An explicit statement is even worse than an implicit one (as in
> the GPLv2, which has been tested in a German court by Harald Welte -
> Siemens had to turn in the keys).

My personal guess as to the reasoning behind this decision is that
consumer devices are the ones that require most attention, mainly
because the home users are the ones with least (individual) power to
demand respect for their freedoms.

Alexandre Oliva
FSF Latin America Board Member
Red Hat Compiler Engineer aoliva@{,}
Free Software Evangelist oliva@{,}
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